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SA food and beverage industry to lead net zero with Siemens’ SiGreen Pilot

Global technology leader Siemens, in association with Food South Australia (Food SA), is looking for a South Australian food and beverage (F&B) company to be the nation’s first to trial SiGreen, a unique Siemens tool which enables companies to track and manage verifiable Product Carbon Footprints (PCF) across their supply chain while each company maintains full data sovereignty.

South Australian Deputy Premier Dr Susan Close welcomes the nation-leading pilot program. “South Australian businesses know that we need to reduce carbon emissions, but can find the process of tracking their emissions to be daunting.

“Supporting our strong-performing food manufacturing sector to identify, track and reduce their carbon footprint will be critical to South Australia’s future economic and environmental sustainability,” Dr Close said.

Siemens Australia and New Zealand CEO Peter Halliday says, “Most companies don’t realise this, but a commitment to net zero means a commitment to measure, track and reduce your emissions in your direct supply chain – otherwise known as scope 3 emissions.

“Put simply, our industries need to accelerate their efforts and capabilities around net zero or they risk being locked out of critical local and global supply chains,” Mr Halliday said.

The chosen company will have unparalleled opportunity to engage with their supply chain on a product level and quantify the CO2 contribution of individual components and suppliers, enabling a cross-company effort towards decarbonisation and net zero targets.

Through SiGreen, the company will benefit from replacing highly manual processes, exchange emission data along the supply chain and combine it with data from the company’s own value creation to obtain a product’s true carbon footprint.

The pilot will be facilitated by Food South Australia.

Food SA CEO Catherine Sayer welcomes the initiative saying it would play a pivotal role in shaping the discussions around net zero in the industry.

“One of the recommendations from the South Australia Food and Beverage 5-year Export Strategy was to implement a recognised food and beverage environmental sustainability accreditation system. We know our industry needs to understand and be ready to meet the global demands of environmental sustainability and we’re pleased that Siemens has chosen South Australia to pilot this important technology.

“This pilot will not only give a company the opportunity to obtain a product’s true carbon footprint in each manufacturing process and support companies in tracking their product carbon footprint but also help validate current and future emissions against their set goals. The F&B sector in South Australia is worth over $11 billion – and we are working towards getting the right systems in place to make it more sustainable for future generations,” Ms Sayer said.

Using innovative technologies such as industrial peripheral computing, SiGreen makes it possible to exchange emission data along the supply chain – from sourcing raw materials and packaging right through to customers enjoying the end product.

“We began our journey 150 years ago in South Australia, opening up the nation with the Darwin to Adelaide overland telegraph. Siemens has been with the State on their progressive journey throughout those 150 years, supporting everything from hi-tech brewing with Coopers through to Australia’s largest operating green hydrogen electrolyser at Tonsley Park.  It makes perfect sense for Siemens to now choose South Australia to pilot SiGreen which will support the state’s industrial transformation towards net zero,” Mr Halliday said.

The first step for interested companies is to register to participate at Food SA’s special industry briefing on 4 May 2023. For registration, visit foodsouthaustralia.com.au.

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